Saturday, October 10, 2009

Early Snow Along the Front Range

Today we had our first measurable snow on the east side of the Front Range. But it wasn't a very 'attractive snow' The ground hasn't frozen yet, and its just a bit Mucky. So I'm sharing with you an Early Snow of a couple of years ago.

These are the Flatirons, the most prominent formation on the Eastern Front Range. These photos were taken from the Mesa Lab of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

It is called the Front Range because it is the First Range of the Rocky Mountain Cordillera that you encountered when traveling in your pioneer wagon train from the East. It runs North-South the entire length of Colorado dividing the state approximately in half.

It was such a formidable barrier to the pioneers that early trails west went around it: The Santa Fe Trail to the south, and the Oregon Trail to the north.

Let me dig into the snow archives and find some pix of the Continental Divide for later this week.

Camera: Mamiya 645 Pro TL
Film: Kodak E100GX

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